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Monster's Favorite Petting Spot

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An intimidating animal will cease hostilities and flop over in bliss if you pet it just right

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Miss_Desperado on Jul 3rd 2018 at 10:10:24 AM
Last Edited By:
Miss_Desperado on 3 hours ago
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

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Scritchie, scritchie, scritchie...

Beasties (the bigger and more intimidating the better) that respond positively to petting and scritchies will usually have that one favorite spot that'll cause them to drop their intimidating demeanor and flop over like a ragdoll in bliss. The spot may function as the creature's Kindness Button. Count on the Fluffy Tamer to find that spot within seconds.

See also Attack Its Weak Point, Reflexive Response and Standard Female Grab Area.

Compare Music Soothes the Savage Beast which uses music instead of petting.

The Hotter and Sexier version for sapient beings (e.g. Petting Zoo People or a Beast Man) is Fantastic Arousal.


Literature
  • The Harry Potter books have this with The Monster Book of Monsters, a Care of Magical Creatures textbook that is actually a furry, sharp-toothed monster itself, and will try to bite the reader if s/he doesn't stroke its spine first.
  • In one of The Stainless Steel Rat books, Jim and his accomplice end up on a porcuswine (a huge, ill tempered livestock covered with sharp quills) farm. The accomplice is freaked out when one approaches, but Jim simply takes a stick and starts scratching it behind the ears. Apparently, the quills make it difficult for them to do it on their own, and vermin are making full use of the cover.

Video Games

  • Pokémon: Thanks to Pokemon Amie and, later, Pokemon Refresh, you are able to play with and care for your Pokemon, making them do cute things along the way. This includes Pokemon that could be considered intimidating, monstrous, or even potentially evil, such as Ghost and Dark types or legendaries like Poke-Devil Giratina, Death God Yveltal, and the Poke-God itself, Arceus.

Western Animation

  • How to Train Your Dragon has Hiccup discover that giving scrichies at a specific spot under a dragon's chin causes them to flop over. He discovers it on Toothless, then goes on to use that trick during Gobber's training, much to Astrid's dismay.

Real Life

  • Dogs that are friendly enough and trust you will roll over and let you pet between their front legs. Be sure you know the body language difference between a friendly dog asking for a "tummy" rub and a scared dog cowering in surrender.

Feedback: 15 replies

Jul 4th 2018 at 3:58:59 PM

Fluttershy from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic is known for being able to befriend even the most ferocious animals. Most of them even has her petting them. She even gives massages to bears.

Jul 4th 2018 at 7:02:44 PM

^ Your example belongs on Fluffy Tamer. This draft focuses on the spot you need to pet, not the character who's doing the petting.

Jul 4th 2018 at 11:02:14 PM

In one of The Stainless Steel Rat books, Jim and his accomplice end up on a porcuswine (a huge, ill tempered livestock covered with sharp quills) farm. The accomplice is freaked out when one approaches, but Jim simply takes a stick and starts scratching it behind the ears. Apparently, the quills make it difficult for them to do it on their own, and vermin are making full use of the cover.

Jul 5th 2018 at 1:47:13 PM

^ Yay! You understand! I'll add your example.

Jul 5th 2018 at 4:44:53 PM

Would the actual Fluffy in HP count with his tendency to go to sleep when he hears the flute?

Jul 5th 2018 at 7:12:09 PM

This might be a reach but in the 'See also' you could add:

Compare Fantastic Arousal when applied to Petting Zoo People or a Beast Man.

Jul 6th 2018 at 11:15:20 AM

I have a picture if you want to use it.

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fluffys_favorite_petting_spot_httyd.jpg
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Jul 16th 2018 at 9:43:13 PM

News: I could launch this right now, but I'd prefer more feedback first.

Jul 16th 2018 at 10:19:01 PM

  • Pokemon: Thanks to Pokemon Amie and, later, Pokemon Refresh, you are able to play with and care for your Pokemon, making them do cute things along the way. This includes Pokemon that could be considered intimidating, monstrous, or even potentially evil, such as Ghost and Dark types or legendaries like Poke-Devil Giratina, Death God Yveltal, and the Poke-God itself, Arceus.

Jul 16th 2018 at 10:53:56 PM

Change the "Fluffy's" in the title to "Monster's", since "fluffy" isn't a general accepted term for a beast. You should also remove the reference to Fluffy The Terrible in the laconic, since that's a naming trope unrelated to anything about beasts.

Jul 16th 2018 at 11:54:02 PM

^ Yeah, strictly speaking Fluffy The Terrible is about fearsome creatures having innocuous-sounding names. It has little to do with personality.

Jul 18th 2018 at 2:40:21 PM

News: Name and laconic changed according to feedback, No Launching Please until we get to at least ten hats.

Jul 18th 2018 at 2:46:56 PM

The spot may function as the creature's Kindness Button.

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